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South Shore Vikings Brianna Fraser and Aurellia Cammock dominated hosting Brooklyn Collegiate Lions for a basketball season opening 47–34 win on Nov. 26.
Fraser, a sophomore, scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half and the Iona College-bound Cammack, a senior, had nine of her 13 points before the break. Junior guard Emmeri Archer chipped in 10 points.
Fraser and Cammock say they complement each other well.
“She’s a good rebounder and I’m a good finisher,” Fraser said. It’s like the perfect duo.”
The Vikings, considered a favorite for a city title, saw Brooklyn Collegiate cut its 16-point half time lead to 26–21 with 2:58 left in the third quarter. South Shore responded by turning the Lions over three straight times to spark a 10–0 run to increase its lead to 36–21 early in the fourth quarter. It was a welcome response from a team with just two seniors.
“That was good to see because we are a young team,” Vikings coach Anwar Gladden said.
Fraser closed out the game by scoring seven straight points after a 3-pointer from Bishop Loughlin transfer Chelsea Gibson — a 3-pointer that got Brooklyn Collegiate within 40–31 with 2:45 remaining in the game. She and Cammack also dominated the boards, limiting Brooklyn Collegiate’s second chance points.
“Their front court is tough,” Brooklyn Collegiate coach Dytanya Mixon said.
The Lions dreaded a slow start in the first half where shots didn’t fall. Gibson picked things up scoring 14 of her 18 points after the break and connecting on four 3-pointers.
“Once I got my rhythm going I kept shooting,” Gibson said.
Gladden is still trying to get a handle on his club and mixing up his lineups. He started junior forward Teanna Henderson over Fraser and played without star guard Aliyah Cooley. The senior is currently academically ineligible because of an error with her credits from last spring, according to Gladden. He expects to have her back later this week after the situation is corrected. The players know, though, it’s not about one player for them.
“We pick up for each other,” Cammock said.
She and Cammock did a pretty good job feeding off each other. It’s a trend South Shore hopes continues throughout the season.
“I think we are one of the tallest teams in the city,” Gladden said. “I think that is going to be the strength.”Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter @cng_staszewski.
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